George Municipality (WC044) is a local municipality located on the south eastern coast of South Africa, ± 440 kilometers southeast of Cape Town. It forms part of the Eden District Municipality (DC4), situated in the Western Cape Province. Eden District has the third largest district economy in the Western Cape, after the City o f Cape Town and the Cape Winelands District. The Eden District is also geographically the third -largest district within the Western Cape Province. This district is informally known as the Garden Route, with the city of George, its hub, nestled among the slopes of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains and flanked by the Indian Ocean.
The Oudtshoorn Municipality, east of the Knysna Municipality and south of the Indian Ocean and Mossel Bay Municipality border in the northwest. George enjoys the strategic advantage of being situated on the major transport routes between Cape Town in the south and Port Elizabeth in the east. This creates investment opportunities, particularly with regard to manufacturing, logistics and warehousing. The municipal area is 5190.43 km² in extent and the municipal area includes the following: City of George, villages of Wilderness and Harold’s Bay, various coastal resorts such as Kleinkrantz and Victoria Bay, rural areas such as the area around Rondevlei (east of Wilderness), Geelhoutboom, Herold, Hansmoeskraal and Waboomskraal, as well as Uniondale and Haarlem.
Eden District’s total population is 574 265, representing 9.8% of the Western Cape Province total population of 5 822 734 million. George municipality has the largest population in the Eden District, the population was estimated at 193 672 in the 2011 census, which represents a growth of 29.1% from 2001 -2011.